Thursday, April 1, 2010

Lessons from Living in Hawai'i

Here are some of the things I've learned from living in Hawai'i for the last nine years:

  • Palm trees. There are a gazillion different kinds. They cost a lot of money to be pruned. They have to be pruned every 6-9 months.
  • Trade winds are better than tornadoes.
  • Banana tree sap is the world's most permanent dye.
  • Bananas. A gazillion kinds. The smaller the tastier.
  • It takes two years to grow a pineapple in your yard.
  • Aloha means more than "hello" and "goodbye."
  • In the Hawai'ian language the same words mean "sweet person" and "fat person."
  • There were glaciers in Hawai'i.
  • Human impact. Before humans came to Hawai'i there were NO mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants, rats, mice, or any other mammal except for bats and seals.
  • You can fall in love with the breeze.
  • Air can smell really good.
  • If the supply connection t0 the mainland is threatened, the first things to go from supermarket shelves are toilet paper and rice.
  • Lava deserves a close look.
  • Many American visitors refer to going home as "going back to the States." We usually don't correct them because (a) we don't want to embarrass them and (b) the mainland feels like a different world to us, too.

1 comment:

PaddleDoc said...

Nice! from the states.